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Rescue: Memory, Myth and Morality

Event Date & Time: 23rd January, 2013 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location: Macmillan Hall, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Speakers: John Dobai, Holocaust survivor; Professor Tony Kushner, University of Southampton; Professor Bob Moore, University of Sheffield. Chair: Dr Ludivine Broch, Research Fellow, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
People Mentioned: Schindler's List
Theme: Film/TV, Holocaust, World War II
Region / Country: Europe, UK
Historical Period: 20th century


2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Schindler’s List which did much to awaken public consciousness of the role of the rescuer in the Holocaust. Recent exhibitions on the theme of ‘rescue’ at the Imperial War Museum and Wiener Library have highlighted the continuing interest in the subject.

But what did ‘rescue’ consist of? What forms did it take? Is it necessarily an indicator of the perseverance of morality and humanity over evil? To what extent was the rescue of Jews discussed or ignored in Allied nations and in their Jewish communities?

These questions will be addressed by John Dobai, rescued as a child in Budapest, and by scholars Bob Moore and Tony Kushner who, respectively, will explore ‘Jewish Self-help and Gentile rescuers in Western Europe’ and ‘The role of Anglo-Jewry in the rescue (or non-rescue) of European Jews’.

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The Pears Institute explores the pattern of antisemitism both today and in the past. We connect research on antisemitism to the wider study of racialization and intolerance.

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